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10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use

plastic bottlePlastic is a HUGE problem for the environment.  Yes, some of it is recycled, but they’re technically downcycled. Instead of a milk jug being recycled into another milk jug, it gets turned into lower quality plastic which is not recyclable.  Not all plastic is readily recycled, and it ends up just sitting up in a landfill.  And another enviornmental problem with plastic is that it’s made from oil.  

We can reduce our plastic usage easily.  You may not realize how much plastic you use on a daily basis, but here are 10 tips to reduce how much plastic you use:... read more

Take a Moment for Mesothelioma

asbestosI'm sure you've heard of mesothelioma, but there's still probably a lot that you don't know about how someone might get mesothelioma or how serious it is.  Today, I am asking you to take a moment to learn about mesothelioma and spread awareness.... read more

How to Plan Your Green Home-Building Project

eco-friendly home

When we decided to make our new home green-friendly, my wife and I were curious whether we'd be able to balance a sustainable building with a visually attractive and cohesive home plan. Although it took navigating through some obstacles, we eventually came up with a plan that featured the perfect fusion of environmental responsibility, resource efficiency and a flat-out good-looking home. We couldn’t be happier.

Green building is a very buzzed-about topic for good reason. As nonrenewable energy sources are depleted and energy costs skyrocket, homeowners pursuing green building are not only thinking for the present, but also for the future. The future of nonrenewable energy sources is bleak, so it’s best to prepare. Building a green home is far from a straightforward task, though, so the tips below are well worth keeping in mind:... read more

Green Cooling: How to Make Your AC System more Eco-Friendly

green coolingWhen it comes to owning an air conditioner, they are usually a luxury for most people. Air conditioners can keep either one room or an entire house cool depending on what type you use. If you use a window unit, it will keep just the one room it is in cool. However, if you are lucky enough to have a central air system, they can keep the whole house cool. The only problem is with either one is that they take up a lot of energy. There are things you can do to ensure your AC is as eco-friendly as it can get.

Use Fans

You can use fans along with an air conditioner. Place them in front of the air conditioner to circulate the air in the room. Using them alone may not be a good way to beat the summer heat but using them with the AC on 85 degrees can. This is a great way to use less energy and to keep every room in the house cool.

Increase the Temperature

Many people will not be cool if the temperature is set to only 80 degrees. However, if you increase the temperature a little at a time, each degree cooler will use 3% to 5% less energy. Also, when you are not home, either turn the AC off or turn it up. The only problem with turning it off is that it can be really hot once you walk in your door. Another way to go green with your AC is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This allows you set the temperature based on particular dates and timings. If you are, for example, coming back to an empty home at 7 in the evening, you can set the programmable thermostat to keep the room at a particular temperature when you arrive.... read more

Earth-Friendly Abode: Four Ways to Build a Greener Home

Whether it’s used to describe an action — such as swapping plastic bags for reusable ones when you shop — or a product that’s been mindfully harvested or created, the term “green” is everywhere these days. One place that might not get the green seal of approval, though, is your home. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to turn that around. Below are four ways to build a greener home, whether you’re doing so from the ground-up or transforming an older dwelling into an earth-friendly one.... read more

Reducing Air Pollution

air pollutionWhy is it so important to care about air pollution?  Janice Nolen, National Policy Adviser and State of the Air Project Director for the American Lung Association answers that question: "Because all of us have to breathe it. We don't have choices."  

Contributing to air pollution is something that we do every day and it can be hard to totally avoid.  However, there are still plenty of small steps that you can take to help clear our air.  ... read more

Worm Composting Dos and Don'ts

Keep it small. Keep it green. Keep it brown. And, keep it moist. If you want to maximize your composting results, there are clear do's and don'ts.

Many gardeners focus on a pile of garden and kitchen leftovers, layers of decomposing materials that form a nutritional soil amendment for the rest of the garden. But, composting with the help of hungry and efficient worms creates a nutrient-rich natural supplement your soil. 
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Is it Recyclable? A Quick Guide

are batteries recyclable?Some items are obviously recyclable, like glass or cans.  Other items, like pizza boxes?  Not so obvious.  Here's a quick guide to see if the item is indeed recyclable.  Click on the link for more details.

Books - Usually not, but sometime recycling centers will accept them.  Read more.

Drinking Straws - Sometimes, it's tricky. Read more.

Dryer Lint - No, but you can compost it.

Laminated Paper - No

Laptops - Sometimes. 

Lithium Ion Batteries - Yes

Lottery Tickets - Sometimes.  Read more.... read more

What Can I Grow in My Hydroponic Garden?

hydroponic tomatoesToday I am continuing my brief series about hydroponic gardening.  

Earlier this week, I blogged about why hydroponic gardening is eco-friendly.  If that got you interested in starting your own hydroponic garden, you might also be wondering what kinds of crops you can grow hydroponically.  

At first, I thought that there was a limit to what you can grow in a hydroponic garden.   But I'm happy to say that I was wrong!

Surprisingly, you can grow almost anything in a hydroponic garden!   Here's a brief list of common hydroponic crops.... read more

Is Hydroponic Gardening Eco-Friendly?

hydroponic gardeningHydroponic gardening is a great option for many people.   It's awesome for urban gardeners with limited (or no) outdoor space.  It's also nice for people who live in cooler climates where you can't garden year-round.  

What is hydroponic gardening?  

Hydroponic gardening is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid using added nutrients an no soil.  Hydroponic gardening is often touted as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gardening.... read more